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Life Cycle of a Luna Moth

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Life Cycle of a Luna Moth
Life Cycle of a Luna Moth

Though often overshadowed by its close relative, the butterfly, a Moth has its own unique attributes that make it just as special! With the four stages of our Life Cycle of a Moth you'll get a hands on look at the complete metamorphosis of this fascinating creature.

Scientific Name: Actias luna

Characteristics: The female can lay 400 to 600 eggs, four to six eggs at a time on the underside of leaves. It can take up to two weeks for a egg to hatch into a lime green caterpillar with small orange spots along the sides. It takes about six weeks from the time a egg is laid to turn into an adult. The adult Luna Moth does not have a mouth, which is why they only live about a week. Luna Moths are members of the giant silkworm family.

Size and Colour: Luna moth's wings are light green with yellow stripes and have a long wing tail. Their wingspan is approximately five inches long and four inches wide. They are one of the largest moths in North America.

Age: 4+ years


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